Apple released an iPhone software update, announced a buy now, pay later option, and presented a MacBook Air featuring the company’s latest M2 chip at the Developers Conference.
Apple unveiled a new automobile dashboard that would be available in new Ford and Jaguar models, as well as a plethora of collaborative effort and data security features during its Worldwide Developers Conference, the company’s second big annual event.
The following are the significant announcements made at the event:
iOS16 To Include Buy Now Pay Later Service
The newest iPhone operating system will feature a revamped lock screen with new widgets, more personalization, and a new notification method.
Users will be able to pay with Apple Pay wherever it is accepted and pay in four instalments over the course of six weeks without incurring any additional fees.
CarPlay will get additional enhancements with the new iOS, including redesigned gauge clusters, and automakers like Ford and Jaguar Land Rover will integrate the feature into their vehicles.
The powerful M2 chip will be installed in a brand-new MacBook Air that has been modified to accommodate it. The new Air is 11.3 inches thick, weighs 2.7 pounds, and has a 13.6-inch liquid Retina display with a Magsafe charging system. A headphone jack is also included.
The MacBook Air will be available in grey, gold, silver, and blue for $1,199.
The price of a MacBook Pro starts at $1,299. Next month, both laptops will be purchasable.
The M2 chip, which is the successor to Apple’s first in-house chip, the M1, was unveiled.
The new M2 processor, which has 24 gigabytes of unified memory and can play multiple streams of 4K and 8K video, outperforms its predecessor by 18%.
With the new CPU, Apple also released a revamped MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro at the at the Developers Conference.
iPad Gets New Productivity Features
The Free Form productivity tool will be included in iPadOS 16, allowing users to share ideas during FaceTime video meetings.
In an effort to make iPad apps more “desktop-like,” the iPad Pro will now be able to show groupings of apps on a secondary screen, allowing for more creativity.
WatchOS To Have Improved Health and Fitness Feature
Apple’s upcoming WatchOS 9 will have new watch faces, workout analytics, and exercise heart rate zones.
It also anticipates receiving FDA approval for an atrial fibrillation health feature in the near future.
The software upgrade will also allow users to create a medication list and set reminders for when they should take their medications.
Tighter Security Features
On the latest iOS, Apple has also improved security features. It introduced Safety Check in the settings app, which allows users to deny access to personal data such as a shared location.
Users can also log out of iCloud accounts on other devices from the Safety Check page for enhanced security.
MacOS Gets Updates
Improvements to the Mail app, camera software updates, and increased productivity capabilities will all be included in the next MacOS, called Ventura.